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Submission + - If VLC can ship a free DVD player, why can't Microsoft? (zdnet.com)

Pigskin-Referee writes: Microsoft’s decision to remove support for playing DVD movies in Windows 8 has caused some confusion. If the VLC media player can provide DVD support for free, why can’t Microsoft? For starters, Microsoft isn’t French. Microsoft announced this week that Windows 8 will not support playback of DVD movies unless you explicitly add software that supports that feature. The economic reasons for doing so are compelling (see Microsoft’s follow-up FAQ for details ), but it’s also a potentially disruptive move for some Windows enthusiasts. So it’s not surprising that some of the initial reactions have been heated and even angry. I look at the big numbers and walk through the math in a follow-up post; How much do DVD and digital media playback features really cost?
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If VLC can ship a free DVD player, why can't Microsoft?

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